Intel’s Core i9 12900KS is available, complete with a dual-core boost clock of up to 5.5 GHz. But even that clock speed seems to be just a taste of what’s to come. New rumors point to an impressive 5.8GHz clock for Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake model.
The news comes from a tweet from @OneRaichu by El Chapuzas Informatico. He claims that Intel can add 200-300MHz on top of the 12900KS. While it remains to be seen what kind of impact this will have on energy efficiency, it is well known that energy requirements rise sharply while chasing the last mega-wounded.
However, this type of clock will be unique to the high-end model, where performance is more important than power efficiency. The i7 and i5 models are sure to be a little more grounded, without needing high-end cooling solutions. CPUs like the Core i5 12400 definitely impresses therefore, among others.
If Intel is able to deliver impressive clock speed improvements along with more cachemore E cores and improved IPC from Raptor Cover P cores, Intel could have a very competitive reach on its hands.
Intel isn’t the only company rumored to be pushing for clock speed gains. AMD is also ready to offer clock speed improvements with its next zen 4 range, with 5 GHz or more on all cores being a distinct possibility. But will V-cache come to Zen 4 or will it be introduced later?
We know that the stacked cache of Ryzen 7 5800X3D offers excellent gaming performance, so perhaps Intel believes it needs to push watches to the absolute limit to retain the gaming crown? Or maybe your own increases in cache size will provide a similar boost in gaming performance? I can’t wait to find out the answer to these and all the other questions that come with the launch of a new generation of CPUs.
Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake and AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs are ready to do battle in the second half of 2022.